Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Racism Redefined by the Obama Era

Greenland is an island located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. While the island is over 800,000 square miles, because it is almost entirely covered in arctic ice, its population does not even exceed 60,000. In light of it actually being a frozen tundra, how it acquired the name "Greenland" is quite fascinating. Ancient Scandinavians deceptively named the island Greenland for the purpose of attracting settlers there and, thereby, keeping them from settling in more pleasant Scandinavian territories. Given the lack of population presently, this strategy did not ultimately work very well. Like this example, there is a similar misnaming happening today with regards to a certain word that is intended to drive us towards a political destination of division under the guise of unity. That word that has now gained an entirely false definition is the word “racism.”

Over the last several years, we have been misled by various false definitions and misapplications of the terms “racism” and “racist.” These words have been so distorted for the purpose of political gain that they are virtually meaningless except to punish political enemies but only of a certain political bent. If you don’t believe me, look no further than the example of America’s President. Most people genuinely believed that electing a President that is partially of African descent would improve race relations in America. The opposite became true because this President decided to use racism as a divider instead of a uniter. Ironically, last year, a McClatchy-Marist poll of African Americans voted 42 to 33 percent that Obama’s race has hurt race relations and not helped. And according to polls conducted by Pew Research and USA Today, the number of people who think blacks and whites do not get along has increased throughout Obama’s presidency, from 19 percent in late 2009 to 28 percent in 2014. You might ask why. The reason is because Mr. Obama and his defenders have been the worst abusers of distorting a false notion of racism for near unchallenged political gain. We are being deceived towards division which will mislead us to settle in a proverbial cold isolated island. Here is yet another instance of where political correctness is destroying us from within. Unity on racial matters will only come with agreement with God on the matter. And, rest assured that day will come.

Before we look at the dictionary definition of racism, allow me to share some examples of how distorted the notion has become. Today it is commonly labeled “racist” to criticize the liberal policies of a black liberal politician even if you have always opposed such policies (because you are a conservative). A true conservative opposes liberal policies regardless of the color of the skin of the politician that is trying to force them. Hypocritically, however, according to the self-righteous race-baiters it is not “racist” to criticize a policy of a black conservative politician. Does that make any sense on its face? If you believe it does, then you are likely part of the problem. But, don’t worry, to some extent we all are part of the problem.

The most prominent Dictionary definition of racism is “a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.” Before we elaborate further on this topic, if you believe that this definition is not accurate, challenge yourself to identify one example of true racism that is not consistent with this definition. There are probably none. And, based upon this definition, there are two things required in order for an action to be racist. First, the "racist" has to exalt one race as inherently superior over another. And, second, for an act to be racist the person would need to be found to have intent or disposition. An act that lacks racist intent is near impossible, by definition, to be racist. There is no such thing as accidental racism. Racism is never accidental. To be sure a comment in question might unintentionally offend certain persons of a particular race. But, that does not make the speaker a racist. Such a bold accusation absolutely requires intent. And, intent requires much more evidence that is not easily acquired. The judgmental charge of racism must not be allowed to stick purely on the basis of the view of the beholder. That is most dangerous to society as a whole. Justice can never be subjective or there will be no justice.

Even though the Dictionary definition is good, it is not the ultimate definition. We know that all ultimate definitions belong to God. God’s definition of racism is very similar to the Dictionary definition, except for at least one profound difference. God’s definition of racism is when we value any race more or less than God does. The profound difference between God's and the Dictionary's definitions is that God's is anchored in departures from His valuation and not dependent on the valuations of others. And, by the way, with regards to inherent superiority or inferiority, God values all races equally. To illustrate God’s definition, below are just a sample of verses that make it pretty clear:

  • Proverbs 24:23 says, “These also are sayings of the wise. Partiality in judging is not good.”
  • Acts 17:26 says, “And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.”
  • Romans 10:12-13 says, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'”
  • In Acts 10:28-35 Peter declared, “God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean…Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
  • Finally, Revelation 7:9 prophecies of Heaven, "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands"
Now that we have examined God's definition, based exclusively on that defintion, below are examples of what our society calls racism, but according to God is not racism:

  • It is not inherently racist to vote for an opponent of a black person because your preferred candidate is aligned with what you stand for (on non-racial matters).
  • It is not inherently racist to oppose illegal immigration.
  • It is not inherently racist to oppose the advancement of Jihadist Islam.
  • It is not inherently racist to require a photo identification to vote.
It is, however, racist to attack people of another color regardless of the color of the attacker. Contrary to modern deception, even those in a minority can be guilty of racism. No definition (neither God's nor the Dictionary's) require minority status for exemption from racism. Even Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” God agrees and so should you. And, in fact, God will bring this day to reality as recorded in Revelation 7:9 (above).  

Until then, Christian, we must not join in or approve of misleading people on the matter of race. Christian, we have the job of reconciling people to God, not dividing them for personal gain. Dividing people for personal gain is a behavior with immoral intent - that is in fact racist!

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